Vic Mignogna (born on August 27, 1962, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania) is an American voice actor and musician primarily known for his work for ADV Films/Seraphim Digital, FUNimation Entertainment/OkraTron 5000, and Viz Media/Studiopolis. He has provided numerous voices for Japanese anime series and video games.
Mignogna grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Liberty University with a degree in television and film production. He helped produce and arrange some of the songs on DC Talk's eponymous first album. He was a Drama and Speech teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, and an officer with the Ocean City Police Department. He moved to Houston, Texas, in 1990, and was a film and video production instructor at the Art Institute of Houston. In 1993, he was a contestant on Star Search, where he sang "Worth Waiting For".
While working in video production with John Gremillion in Houston, Mignogna got involved in voice acting in anime at ADV Films and made his debut as Vega in Street Fighter II V and he later got the title role in Generator Gawl. He started attending anime conventions, where he got in contact with FUNimation and landed the voice role of Broly from the movies Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan and Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming, and also voices Bio-Broly in the Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly, as well as Burter in Dragon Ball Z Kai. He also sings the English version of Dan Dan Kokoro Hikareteku for the remastered Dragon Ball GT boxsets and Dragon Soul for Nicktoons' edited version of Dragon Ball Z Kai.
He does work in other anime, as well. He voices Nezumi, Lake and Wetton in One Piece. Also, he sings "We Are!", "Hikari E!", and "A to Z" in the FUNimation Dub of One Piece. He has also mentioned that he would like to play Brook when the time comes as seen in a YouTube video, though Ian Sinclair was eventually chosen for the role. He is known for playing Edward Elric in the English adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist (which earned him an American Anime Award for Best Actor in 2007), Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and the Fullmetal Alchemist films and OVAs, as well as Barry the Chopper's human body in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Bui and Ura Urashima in Yu Yu Hakusho, Forbesii in Shuffle!, Tamaki Suoh in Ouran High School Host Club, Fai D. Flowright in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Ikkaku Madarame in Bleach, Nagato and Fuen in Naruto Shippuden, Dark Mousy in D.N.Angel, Spirit Albarn in Soul Eater. He is currently the voice actor of Zero Kiryu and Ichiru Kiryu in Vampire Knight, Yoshimori Sumimura in Kekkaishi, and Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. He is the voice of E-123 Omega from the SEGA franchise Sonic the Hedgehog. In 2007, the American Anime Awards presented Mignogna an award for Best Actor for his work in Fullmetal Alchemist. He often gains much attention due to his role in Fullmetal Alchemist, and he attends conventions as often as 15–25 times a year. One of Mignogna's career goals in voice acting was "to record at all of the major places where dubbing is done." He stated that he was "the first ADV voice actor to record at FUNimation in Dallas and then I was the first to go to New York". He has also recorded in Los Angeles; he tried out for Bleach, and received the part of Ikkaku Madarame.
In addition to voice acting, Mignogna has been involved in music, sound, and video production. He has produced hundreds of jingles for commercials, and he was a worship leader with Houston's First Baptist Church. As a musician, he has released several albums, some of which feature English cover versions of anime songs from shows such as One Piece and the Dragon Ball series, he handled some of the ADR Direction for the English dub of Claymore, in which he voices Rigaldo. He has been involved with several fan productions, including Fallout: Nuka Break, Fullmetal Fantasy and Star Trek: Phase II. In the latter series, he co-directed the episode "Enemy: Starfleet" and played the Andorian Captain, and he directed "KITUMBA" and played Malkthon the Klingon, and was slated to direct the episode "Mindsifter". In 2012, he worked with the Starship Farragut production group to direct and star as Captain Kirk in their webisode production of Star Trek Continues.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Career in TV Cartoons is no joke: Uptown man juggles careers, builds success in Japanese anime", Flori Meeks, Houston Chronicle, 2005-07-21
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Vic's World", Vic's Professional Resume
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Risembool Rangers, Vic Mignogna Biography
- ↑ last.fm
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Fullmetal Trekkie: Voice Actor Vic Mignogna to Direct Star Trek: Phase II Episode", Liz Ohanesian, LA Weekly, 2009-05-28
- ↑ An Interview with Vic Mignogna (MCM London Expo), Otaku News and Voiceacting.co.uk
- ↑ Anime Expo 2006, stated at his panel that his first starring role was Gawl in Generator Gawl.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 "Vic Mignogna: Heavy Metal", TotalSciFi online, 2009-09-15
- ↑ "FUNimation Posts One Piece: Strong World Film's English Dub Trailer", animenewsnetwork.com
- ↑ American Anime Awards
- ↑ "American Anime Award Winners: First Large Scale Fan-Driven Awards", 2007-02-26
- ↑ 2007 American Anime Awards Vic Mignogna Best Actor, YouTube, 2007-02-25
- ↑ Vic Mignogna Biography, AnimeCons.com
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 "Interview: Vic Mignogna", Bamboo Dong, Anime News Network, 2005-08-01
- ↑ Vic talks VIZ at AOD 06, YouTube, 2006-08-06
- ↑ "Vic Explains Ikkakus Lucky Dance", YouTube, 2007-04-09
- ↑ "Music and Sound Production", Vic's World, 2011-10-05
- ↑ Vic Mignogna Slated to Direct "Kitumba", startreknewvoyages.com, 2009-05-15
- ↑ "Farragut Films Adds to Management Team and Secures Largest Studio of Trek Sets", Farragut Films, 2011-12-29
- ↑ "Starship Farragut: New Team Members and Studio", Farragut Films, 2012-02-03
- ↑ "Vic Mignogna Directing Star Trek Continues", Star Trek Continues, 2012-03-23, Farragut Films, Washington, D.C.
- ↑ "Interview with Vic Mignogna", Laura Kate, MCM Buzz, 2012-03-22